And we’re off… to the Seychelles and France!

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I’ve been a bad boy and haven’t uploaded my thrilling summary of what to do in Little Rock.  Hopefully in the next few days, as tomorrow morning, we’re off on our Three-Last-Hurrahs mileage burning adventure to the Seychelles and France.

We’ll start off tomorrow bright and early with a flight from Dulles to Addis Ababa, in Ethiopian Airlines’ Business Class — “Cloud Nine”.  For a 13.5 hour flight, it won’t be super-luxurious, with only angle-flat seats, but a newish plane and should be pretty comfortable.  After a few hour layover in Ethiopia, we’ll take the 4.5 hour flight to the Seychelles on one of Ethiopian’s older planes.  While Ethiopian may not be the fanciest airline, it is still pretty cool to be able to get from DC to the Seychelles with one stop.

We’ll spend several nights at the Hilton Northolme Resort, which appears to be sold out, and hopefully we will not get stuck in a villa next to loud construction, as discussed here.  One would hope Hilton Gold status could prevent that but we’ll see.

After our time in paradise, we head to France, on Ethiopian Airlines again, flying Seychelles-Addis-Paris.  The flight I’m least excited for is our 9 hour Addis to Paris, on an old plane with recliner seats.  In France, we’ll head to Lyon, staying at the Hilton Lyon, Montpellier, staying at the Crowne Plaza Montpellier, and finally Paris, staying at the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Trocadero and the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.  When it’s all done, we’ll head back to Dulles via Brussels on Brussels Airlines in business class.

It’s an exciting adventure and a much-needed getaway for us.  The fact that our long flights were all covered by miles, and six hotel nights were covered by points, makes it even better.  Stay tuned, and share any tips you have in the comments.

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